COVID-19 pandemic in Kuwait

COVID-19 pandemic in Kuwait
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
First outbreakWuhan, Hubei, China
Index caseKuwait City
Arrival date24 February 2020
Confirmed cases200,572[1]
Active cases13,258[1]
Fatality rate0.57%
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The COVID-19 pandemic in Kuwait is part of the worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The first confirmed case in Kuwait was announced on 24 February 2020.

As of 7 March 2021, there are 200,572 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 186,187 recoveries and 1,137 deaths.

Kuwait ended the full curfew on 30 May and started taking steps towards a gradual return to normal life by placing partial curfew from 6 pm until 6 am.[2] This step is a first of five with each phase tentatively lasting for 3 weeks which could vary depending on the assessment by the Ministry of Health.[3] Initially, the country started with a voluntary stay at home approach since midnight of 11 March, with the government suspending work across all government sectors except emergency services.[4] All commercial air travel and border travel were suspended since midnight of 14 March 2020 (start of 15 March). Partial curfew was implemented since 22 March 2020 where curfew hours were between 5 pm until 4 am.[5] This was amended on 6 April, where end of curfew hours were extended from 4 am to 6 am.[6] With the start of the holy month of Ramadan on 24 April, the partial curfew was further amended to 4 pm until 8 am with special permissions for deliveries from 5 pm until 1 am (under strict health code conditions).[7][8] On 10 May, the country was placed under full curfew based on the assessment of the Ministry of Health, until 31 May.[9][10] Then again a curfew of one month was imposed from 5 p.m. until 5 a.m. starting March 7, 2021 until April 8, 2021 after 1,716 new coronavirus cases were recorded on March 4.[11]

  1. ^ a b c d "COVID 19 Updates". e-govkw.
  2. ^ "Kuwait imposes 12-hour curfew Sat. - Min. Al Saleh". Kuwait News Agency. 28 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Kuwait begins gradual return to normal life May 31 - PM". Kuwait News Agency. 28 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Kuwait suspends work in gov't departments March 12–26 - spokesman". Kuwait News Agency. 11 March 2020.
  5. ^ "Kuwait gov't imposes partial curfew - MoI". Kuwait News Agency. 21 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Kuwait gov't extends curfew, imposes lockdown on two areas - Min. Al-Saleh". Kuwait News Agency. 6 April 2020.
  7. ^ "Kuwait announces tom. (Friday) start of Ramadan". Kuwait News Agency. 23 April 2020.
  8. ^ "Strict conditions for restaurants and its workers". Arab Times Kuwait. 22 April 2020.
  9. ^ "Kuwait in full curfew May 10, public allowed to exercise two hours daily - gov't". Kuwait News Agency. 8 May 2020.
  10. ^ "COVID-19 Information". U.S.Embassy in Kuwait.
  11. ^ "Kuwait imposes curfew amid rising COVID-19 cases, Jordan suspends classroom classes". Arab News. 5 March 2021. Retrieved 5 March 2021.

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